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Simmons College
  • Position Number: 1208586
  • Location: Boston, MA
  • Position Type: Health

Adjunct Faculty in the Role of Section Instructor Advanced Health Assessment


Advanced Health Assessment
This course introduces the student to the essential competencies necessary to provide primary health care to patients and families of diverse populations. Students engage in study that will assist them in understanding the developmental and cultural needs of patients across the lifespan as they relate to delivery of advanced health assessment within a primary health care nursing framework. Family frameworks that reflect a developmental, systems approach are presented to guide the student in understanding the primary health care needs of patients, families and systems in this context.

A holistic and comprehensive approach to the patient is emphasized with particular attention to identifying the health promotion, disease prevention needs as well as the management of common signs and symptoms that present in the primary care setting. Common health issues encountered in primary care are presented in a systems framework using clinical scenarios where students implement the process of clinical decision making and use critical thinking skills. Patient safety and safe use of medicinal therapies are introduced and instituted.

Advanced health assessment techniques are demonstrated throughout the course, for both adult and pediatric populations. Theories and conceptual models from family nursing and related disciplines are integrated through a developmental approach. In addition, concepts and research questions that require further scholarly nursing investigation for the purposes of primary care delivery across the lifespan are identified.

Job Summary
Section Instructors use their experience and knowledge to help the students meet the master course objectives. Section Instructors have the option to incorporate supplementary materials in their sections such as free online web sources and within weekly announcements. Web based materials and resources can often add richness to a section and are free for the student.
It is expected that a Section Instructor will spend approximately 10-12 hours a week as follows:
  • 2.5 hours teaching
  • 1 to 1.5 hours hosting office hours
  • 2 to 3 hour prepping for teaching
  • 1 hour per week meeting with the Course Lead
  • 5 to 6 hours per week responding to student communications, grading, posting items for discussion

    Specific Duties:
  • Teach material from approved curriculum in accordance with assigned course schedule
  • Assume responsibility for the academic supervision and teaching of the online students registered for the term as outlined by the Course Lead
  • Provide full coverage for all scheduled synchronous sessions/live sessions
  • The Instructor will be responsible for grading student assignments including: SOAP notes, Assessment Videos, exams, and student projects
  • Actively participate in meetings and activities scheduled by the Course Lead to prepare and Section Instructors on course content and weekly course objectives
  • Motivate students to actively participate in all aspects of the educational process, including but not limited to threaded class discussions, outside assignments/projects, research, enrichment activities, etc.
  • Maintain and evaluate records of student's academic and clinical performance within the grading systems of the Learning Management System (LMS) and the college
  • Consult with students about their clinical performance at midterm and end of semester, or as needed by phone or video conference
  • Provide regular, accurate, and timely student-specific assistance, feedback and support to students relative to their performance
  • Respond in a clear and well-expressed manner to student questions within one to two business days
  • Foster and encourage an online culture of learning that values mutual responsibility, life-long learning, diversity, and ethics as well as personal and professional development
  • Host office hours for students
  • May serve as tutor or hold study sessions with students

  • MSN, Board Certified Nurse Practitioner certification REQUIRED
  • Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) certification highly preferred. DNP welcome to apply
  • 2+ years clinical experience required
  • Graduate level teaching experience in nursing education required
  • Online teaching exposure/experience preferred

    Instructions to Applicants: Please upload the following documents with your application; C.V. (required), a statement of teaching philosophy (optional), 3 letters of recommendation (optional).
    All documents should be uploaded in the Resume/CV section on the 'My Experience' page of the application.

    Simmons College is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to excellence in education and employment through diversity. The College embraces diversity and defines it to include race, gender, gender identify, national origin, ethnicity, religion, social class, age, sexual orientation, and physical and learning ability.

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    Located in Bostons historic Fenway area, Simmons College is a small, private, non-sectarian College which has educated students for enriching careers and purposeful lives since 1899. Working at Simmons means joining a collaborative, diverse and mission-driven community of educators and professionals.

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